Get Advertising Identifier

Authorisation

iOS 14 introduced the App Tracking Transparency authorisation which requires applications to request permission to track a user.

You must have authorisation otherwise the IDFA will be invalid.

You can check what the current granted authorisation status is by calling the authorisationStatus() function. This will return one of the values defined in the TrackingAuthorisationStatus class:

var authorisationStatus:String = IDFA.service.authorisationStatus();

For example:

switch (IDFA.service.authorisationStatus())
{
case TrackingAuthorisationStatus.NOT_DETERMINED:
// Authorisation not yet requested
break;
case TrackingAuthorisationStatus.AUTHORISED:
// Authorised to retrieve IDFA
break;
case TrackingAuthorisationStatus.DENIED:
// User has denied access
break;
case TrackingAuthorisationStatus.RESTRICTED:
// Restricted usage
break
}

Note: On platforms that do not require user authorisation this will always return AUTHORISED

Requesting Authorisation

You can request user authorisation by calling the requestAuthorisation() function. If possible, this will present a dialog to request permission from the user.

IDFA.service.requestAuthorisation();

This function will return true if the dialog will be presented and false in all other situations (eg the dialog has already been displayed or the platform does not require user authorisation).

You handle feedback from this dialog either by listening for the IDFAAuthorisationEvent.CHANGED event or passing a callback function to the requestAuthorisation() function. The callback will always be called even if the dialog isn't presented whereas the event will only be dispatched if the dialog is presented (i.e. if requestAuthorisation() returns true ).

Using the callback:

IDFA.service.requestAuthorisation(
function( authorisationStatus:String ):void
{
trace( status );
}
);

Using the event:

IDFA.service.addEventListener( IDFAAuthorisationEvent.CHANGED, authorisationChangedHandler );
var success:Boolean = IDFA.service.requestAuthorisation();
function authorisationChangedHandler( event:IDFAAuthorisationEvent ):void
{
trace( "authorisationChangedHandler: " + event.authorisationStatus );
}

Advertising Identifier

The advertising identifier is a user-specific, unique, resettable ID for advertising, provided by Google Play services and the iOS SDK. It gives users better controls and provides developers with a simple, standard system to continue to monetize your apps. It is an anonymous identifier for advertising purposes and enables users to reset their identifier or opt out of interest-based ads within Google Play and iOS apps.

  • iOS: this is the value of the ASIdentifierManager advertisingIdentifier property - documentation
  • Android: this is the value of the Google Play Services advertising ID - documentation.

The user has the ability to limit ad tracking on both iOS and Android through the device settings. This value can also be retrieved so that you can respect this value in any tracking your application performs.

Retrieving the advertising identifier or identifier for advertising (IDFA) is an asynchronous process.

You will need to call getIDFA() to start the call and listen for the IDFAEvent.COMPLETE event. This event contains the current advertisting identifier and whether the user has limited ad tracking.

IDFA.service.addEventListener( IDFAEvent.COMPLETE, idfaCompleteHandler );
IDFA.service.getIDFA();
function idfaCompleteHandler( event:IDFAEvent ):void
{
trace( "identifier: " + event.identifier );
trace( "isLimitAdTrackingEnabled: " + event.isLimitAdTrackingEnabled );
}

Example

The following is a simple example of combining the authorisation request and IDFA retrieval:

IDFA.service.addEventListener( IDFAEvent.COMPLETE, idfaCompleteHandler );
IDFA.service.requestAuthorisation(
function ( status:String ):void
{
if (status == TrackingAuthorisationStatus.AUTHORISED)
{
IDFA.service.getIDFA();
}
}
);
function idfaCompleteHandler( event:IDFAEvent ):void
{
trace( "identifier: " + event.identifier );
trace( "isLimitAdTrackingEnabled: " + event.isLimitAdTrackingEnabled );
}